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General and Basic Studies

General and Basic Studies

Academic Advising


General and Basic Studies provides academic advising to its member students and serves as an initial contact point for first-time freshmen through our Orientation and Peer Leader programs. All first-time freshmen are advised in Basic Studies based on their chosen major. Additionally, associate and bachelor degrees are offered in General Studies for students who have a broad range of interests and are seeking a diverse curriculum.

Students in General and Basic Studies are given a sound basis for understanding academics as well as general knowledge about the University. Our Basic Studies advisors guide students in major selection and counsel them on matters that may affect their academic progress, especially in regard to University policies and procedures.

Students will be advised by Basic Studies until a minimum of 12 hours and a cumulative 2.5 GPA have been earned. Students with less than a 2.5 GPA will remain in Basic Studies until a maximum of 24 hours is earned. Once 24 hours are earned, students will be transferred to their major department. . Students who have not completed developmental coursework may be retained until 30 hours. If a student wishes to change his or her major, they should contact the advisor who advises their intended major. A list of advisors and the areas they advise are listed under the "staff" link on the left. Once a major is changed in the student information system, the student will be subject to the regulations of the catalog in effect at that time.